Here you will find how to be the best waiter assistant in a restaurant. Outsmart other attendees and be the one waiters want to work with on their busiest nights. If they ask you to support them on Thanksgiving, you've done it.
Step 1. Remember the tables and those who are there
When the waiter says "clear table 24" or "take this to the lady with glasses," you can be more effective if you know where to go just by looking up, without having to go all over the place looking at each diner.
Step 2. Watch the door
This way you will know when a new table will be occupied and you can serve drinks and bring bread immediately. You can also go into the kitchen and say "two to the table!" (It means that two clients have sat at the table, four clients, it would be “four at the table”). Chefs like to know how many they should cook for, helping them will earn you points in the kitchen.
Step 3. Stay on the side of the chefs, they are the force behind all production
They make the goods. Chefs almost always tell very obscene jokes, to win them you have to tell even more obscene jokes. Then wink. You are already inside. If it doesn't come naturally to you, at least laugh mischievously when they tell their jokes. Most of the time I don't even listen to what they say, but I laugh.
Step 4. Do the hard work
On your first day, pick up the dirty dishes from the tables and bring them inside. Bring out your tough side and get down to business as quickly as possible. Just go ahead and clean up that mess soon (in the kitchen ware section), then put the dishes back where they belong (to the sideboard). Especially if you are a woman, impress the dishwasher guys by showing them how daring you are. It feels good.
Step 5. Do not get trampled, but follow the rhythm of the waiter or waitress
It is important that you ask them every ten minutes if they need your help, but don't bother them. Read their faces, if they look at you, ask them if they happen to need something or if you could carry someone's drink for them. Even if they don't need your help, they like to know that you are willing to help.
Step 6. Be attentive, walk around the tables
Make sure to clear the plates if the customers have already finished eating. If they want more water, serve them. Look around for customers who want to ask you for something. Usually people ask attendees what servers have forgotten to do, you need to be prepared.
Step 7. Do the extra work
Shine silverware, refill napkins and glasses, fill ice maker. In each restaurant there are different tasks that can be done when there is not much movement, take care of them and perfect them. If you don't have free time, be sure to finish them at the beginning of your turn or at the end, when there is less movement. Don't give anyone any reason to complain about you.
Step 8. Finally, be worthy of a break
After you've surveyed the site and finished the extra work, relax. When everyone gathers in the kitchen, and jokes around, join them. Be part of the team, but earn it.
- Use your common sense, how would you like a waiter assistant to perform when you go out to eat?
- Get along with the waiters … that way they'll like you and tip you more than usual.
- Serve the drinks constantly. There is nothing more unpleasant than seeing the person in charge of serving drinks inattentive, every diner knows it.
- When customers finish their plates and say that awkward "I didn't like that at all" joke … laugh like you've never heard it. The tip will be higher.
- If there is a glass that you cannot reach … DO NOT STRETCH! Politely ask them to pass it to you so you can serve the drink.
- Don't forget the plates, there is nothing worse than seeing the waiter enter the kitchen with a plate that you should have picked up. If that happens, apologize, but don't stress, you can pick up the next plate.